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6 Pa. Code § 21.79. Fire and safety activities.

§ 21.79. Fire and safety activities.

 The provider shall assure that:

   (1)  First aid supplies such as bandages, adhesive tape, bandaids, slings, cotton, sterile dressings, antiseptics, safety pins and scissors, are available in the home.

   (2)  The telephone number of the local fire department, police, poison control and ambulance serving the home is posted by the telephones.

   (3)  A minimum of one operational fire extinguisher is located on each occupied floor, with at least one fire extinguisher located in the kitchen or cooking area, unless otherwise prescribed by the local fire inspecting authority under §  21.27(12) (relating to domiciliary care home certification and recertification standards). The provider and each staff person shall be trained to use the fire extinguishers.

   (4)  A written plan is available for evacuation of the building in case of a fire or other emergency, and the clients and residents of the home are made aware of the plan.

   (5)  Fire drills are conducted at least quarterly in accordance with the plan established under paragraph (4). A written record listing the time and date of the drills shall be kept by the provider. Annually, at least one fire drill shall be conducted without prior notice to clients.

   (6)  Proper safeguards are taken against the fire hazards involved in smoking. For example, ashtrays and special smoking areas and nonsmoking areas shall be provided.

   (7)  Firearms kept on the premises are stored in a locked area which is inaccessible to clients.

   (8)  Containers of poisonous, caustic, toxic, flammable or other dangerous materials kept in the home are prominently and distinctly marked or labeled as hazardous and stored in an area that is inaccessible to clients. The use and storage of these materials may not constitute a hazard to the clients.

   (9)  Combustible trash is stored in fire resistant containers.

   (10)  Fireplaces are securely screened when in use.

   (11)  Portable space heaters are not used. If nonportable electric baseboard space heaters are used, they shall be installed with permanent connectors and protectors.

Cross References

   This section cited in 6 Pa. Code §  21.27 (relating to domiciliary care home certification and recertification standards); 6 Pa. Code §  21.52 (relating to AAA service responsibilities); 6 Pa. Code §  21.55 (relating to AAA placement activities); and 6 Pa. Code §  21.81 (relating to provider financial accountability).

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